Why We Should Talk About Suicide According to Dr. Melissa Shepard

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According to the Centers for Disease Control, over 1.3 million adults attempt suicide each year in the United States. For a tragedy of this magnitude, it is incredible that simply talking about it can make a big difference. There are so many reasons that people don’t want to talk about suicide. It can be a taboo…

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What is a Care Plan visit?

What is a care plan visit?

What in the world is a Care Plan and do I need one?  A Care Plan is one important element of putting into practice the Take Charge! approach we teach families at Memory and Movement Charlotte. Care Plan visits are fully covered by Medicare – a benefit available to any patient with a cognitive impairment,…

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Social Distancing Fundraisers You Can Do At Home!

-Create a Facebook Fundraiser in honor of your loved one (or yourself!) -Challenge friends to set a walking goal for the month of June and ask that they donate a dollar (or ten!) for every mile they walk. -Host a social distancing dinner fundraiser: get takeout delivered to your friends and eat together over Zoom.…

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MMC Office Reopening Safety Measures

We’re currently opening our office during certain hours for procedural appointments only. During this public health crisis your health is our priority more than ever. To maximize your safety and the safety of our staff, MMC moved all of our operations to virtual platforms in mid-March. For those of you who had a virtual visit…

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Tips for Fall Prevention


As we age the risk and impact of falls increases significantly, especially if you or a loved one has a dementia or movement disorder diagnosis. In this video Sanjay Iyer, MD walks you through some of the ways you can create a safer environment in your home to decrease the risk of falls. Here are…

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Amid COVID-19, Our Care Continues

By Ken Garfield    COVID-19 has not broken the connection between Memory & Movement Charlotte and our patients and their loved ones. While our doctors, nurses and support staff cannot take your hand as we shelter in place, the care we offer still comes from the heart. It also comes by telephone, video and a weekly…

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Navigating Quarantine with a Loved One in a Long-Term Care Facility

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Chris Ryskiewich is a part-time nurse at Memory & Movement Charlotte who devotes much of her time outside the workplace to caring for her mother and mother-in-law, both of whom live in long-term care facilities. Chris shares her struggles, signs of hope and strategies during quarantine. Being unable to visit your loved one during this…

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Gentle Bed Exercises to Start Your Day

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A little bit of gentle movement in the morning (or at any point during the day!) can help you go through your days in the right mindset. Check out this gentle bed exercise tutorial by Marissa Brooks, a therapist who has practiced for over 27 years and specializes in fall prevention and aging in place.…

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